The City of Penticton is joining the City of Kelowna, the Columbia- Shuswap Regional District along with a number of public sector organizations in implementing a vaccination policy for the workplace.
The mandated vaccine policy will take effect on Jan. 4, 2022.
The city chose the start of January, to allow for sufficient time for employees who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine to become fully vaccinated.
Penticton’s general manager of finance and administration Jim Bauer explained that after Jan. 4., all city employees, along with members of council will be required to confirm they are fully vaccinated.
“Implementing a vaccination policy at this time is one additional measure to ensure city workplaces, staff, and the public are as safe as possible. While also aligning our organization with recommendations from our provincial health officer for large employers to implement vaccine mandates,” said Bauer.
The city also stated it will follow its human rights obligations as an employer and work with those employees who are legally entitled to accommodation.
“Staff who are not fully vaccinated for reasons that are not based upon human rights grounds, with an associated approved accommodation plan, will not be permitted to report to a city facility or worksite,” explained a release from the city.